Vivienne Harr "is going to be the first U.S. Secretary of Peace."
When Vivienne was eight years old, she saw a photo of two boys from Nepal living in modern-day slavery. She said: “Compassion is not compassion without action.” So, she set up her lemonade stand every day, rain or shine, for one year to "free 500 children." On day #52, The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof retweeted Vivienne and a moment became a movement, with donations and support coming in from every corner of the globe from Australia to Hong Kong. After Vivienne crowdfunded $101,320 for Not for Sale, she went on to became the first girl in American history to bottle her lemonade-stand lemonade. At nine, she set up a for-benefit business. Make a Stand Lemon-aid is now sold in stores across America and proceeds benefit leading anti-slavery organizations.
Over their over 200 million users, Twitter chose Vivienne to ring the bell at their IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, because company execs believe: “Vivienne represents what one person can do.” Emmy award-winning, Stillmotion Pictures, produced a feature-length, award-winning documentary about Vivienne’s story that aired in theaters across North America. At the age of nine, she co-authored her own children’s book.
Vivienne's story has generated over two billion media impressions. At the age of 10, Town & Country recognized Vivienne as one of “America’s 50 Most Influential Philanthropists.” Entrepreneur voted her one of “15 female entrepreneurs to watch in 2015.” The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The BBC World News, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, FOX, MSNBC, Yahoo News, Oprah Magazine, Time, Parenting, Real Simple—and media outlets across the country and around the world—have covered Vivienne's story.
Vivienne has spoken at Google, Twitter, Square, Linkedin, Paypal, Disney, Mashable, The United Nations, and Lead2015 with President Bill Clinton. Vivienne appeared on stage at MIT with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to moderate a global conversation about compassion. At the age of 9, Vivienne became the youngest person ever to give a TED talk.
Vivienne was the Chief Inspiration Officer at STAND: a mobile app focused on her generation. Backed by Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, top-tier Silicon Valley venture firms Greylock and Resolute, and MGM President Roma Khanna, Vivienne's mission is to empower millions of people to stand together and put their “compassion into action.”
Vivienne is the youngest-ever recipient of the Presidential Points of Light Award, and youngest-ever member of The World Affairs Council and The Clinton Global Initiative.
The XPRIZE Foundation recently honored Vivienne as one of three global "visioneers" whose vision has positively impacted humanity.
Vivienne was chosen to deliver the closing keynote address at an historic summit at The Vatican, where 50 global leaders convened to discuss ways to protect our planet and our most vulnerable people. She is the one of the youngest people ever to address a formal audience at The Vatican.
In November, 2017, The First Lady of Japan, Akie Abe, invited Vivienne to co-host The World's Children's Summit in Japan.
Vivienne has become a global figure whose message is: “you don’t need be big or powerful to change the world. You just need to stand for what you believe in.”
Vivienne Harr is 14 years old.